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Responding to hate crimeThe case for connecting policy and research$
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Neil Chakraborti and Jon Garland

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308768

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308768.001.0001

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Policing Prejudice Motivated Crime: A Research Case Study

Policing Prejudice Motivated Crime: A Research Case Study

(p.199) Fourteen Policing Prejudice Motivated Crime: A Research Case Study
Responding to hate crime

Gail Mason

Jude McCulloch

JaneMaree Maher

Policy Press

In 2010 the Victoria Police initiated Australia's first strategy to address prejudice motivated crime. The Strategy's vision is to develop a ‘whole of organisation’ response to enable police to tackle prejudice motivated crime through sustained, integrated and coordinated capacity building. In this chapter we examine how a collaborative research project between academics and police is assisting with the implementation of this strategy into everyday policing activities. We set out our preliminary research findings on the collection of relevant evidence for the successful prosecution of prejudice motivated crime, with a particular focus on offence related ‘alerts’ for investigating police. This case study details a local policing response to the broader social and political pressures that are raised by hate crime. It demonstrates the importance of building shared knowledge about what constitutes prejudice motivated crime within communities and within police ranks.

Keywords:   policing, prejudice motivated crime, investigation, Australia

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